Share Circle - 1 more than

maths calculation activity - share circleThis is a twist on the traditional ‘Follow Me’ style cards… you know the ones: each child has a card with a number and a maths question; one child asks the question and everyone looks at their cards to see who has the appropriate answer, then the chain continues around the classroom.

This is all useful stuff for a couple of reasons:

  1. everyone is involved [good],
  2. everyone is (hopefully) thinking about the mathematics involved [also good].

However, what is missing from the usual ‘Follow Me’ activity is any form of conversation, and (you know me by now) a missed conversation is a missed opportunity to learn. So, here’s a recipe for a different resource:

  • reduce the number of people involved;
  • add in a generous splash of ‘circle time’;
  • include a dash of jigsaw style thinking;
  • try it out, and reflect on what happens.

share circle - a simple maths gameHere’s the resulting resource, a Maths Share Circle. This one is designed to help children with early calculation and focuses on“1 more than”, counting up to 10.

Basically, it is a small set of 'Follow Me' cards twisted into a circle so that each card becomes a sector. Each sector has a mathematical question (in black) and an answer (blue).

Once this maths resource is printed onto card (or laminated) and cut out along the strong balck lines, a group of children can:

Play the standard ‘Follow Me’ game.
-  with the addition that children can see each others 'cards', support each other and talk about the maths

Play the ‘Follow Me’ game in reverse. math calculation jigsaw - share circle
-  being told the 'answer' means you have to pay even closer attention to the 'question' - this focuses attention beautifully

Play a ‘Pairs’ version.
-  pelmanism, with a payoff

Play a ‘Patience’ version.
-  it even makes an educational jigsaw puzzle!

There are two downloads*, teachers notes(with full details of the activities and games) and a Maths Share Circle template (pdf), this includes a small circle, a large one, and a further blank one for your own customization.

share circle download - a maths games

 

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Lovely! This is exactly what

Lovely! This is exactly what I need to help my Special Needs pupil to revise and consolidate this concept. Thank you!
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tinabrown21's picture

Such a versatile resource, I

Such a versatile resource, I am going to copy the blank and use it for fractions as well as number operations. I may even use it for Spanish / English vocab matching!
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johdu's picture

I like the sound of

I like the sound of the alternative use you have planned for this. Although we (clearly) focus all our materials on maths teaching I know many of them are re-purposed, the blank game boards in particular... and it's always good to hear about the novel ways in which our teaching resources are used. I would never have thought of this as an MFL activity.

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mwlwinjason's picture

A fantastic resource I cant

A fantastic resource I cant wait to try these out with the class.
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jms896's picture

Why have I only just found

Why have I only just found this site today? Another excellent resource downloaded. A great adaptation to follow me cards. Thanks.
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johdu's picture

jms986, Welcome aboard. Glad

jms986,

Welcome aboard. Glad you did find us anyhow. If you haven't done so already, register for our Mathsticks' Newsletter... I am planning to send these out on a (slightly) more regular basis - but promise I won't flood your inbox.

Thank you for the kind comments and please don't hesitate to contact us using the Feedback tab on the right. We are also happy for you to tell your friends about mathsticks... this site is a bit of a special secret - but I didn't plan it that way!

Thanks,

John

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Oh yes signed up to the

Oh yes signed up to the newsletter straight away! Thanks again.
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Romy Walker's picture

A great game. It would be

A great game. It would be good if different language was used in each segment such as 'one more' 'increase by one''plus'
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johdu's picture

Romy, Yes, that's a great

Romy,

Yes, that's a great adaptation. Thank you for sharing.

John

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 What an excellent twist! I

 What an excellent twist! I can see the children loving this - will definitely go down well - thank you
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nic_faill's picture

This is such a brilliant

This is such a brilliant twist on the class follow me cards (which i am a regular user of in KS3 and even KS4!). I will definately be giving this a go, it could extend to any topic with matching answers - right up to GCSE. Thanks again :-)
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johdu's picture

nic, Glad to hear this is

nic,

Glad to hear this is useful to you. If you do extend the idea to KS3 or KS4 please consider sharing your new resources with mathsticks... I would love to share them on this site. 

John

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 This will be great and I

 This will be great and I will get the higher attaining children to make a multiplication/division version on the blank one!
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kimandju's picture

 Another fab resource, can't

 Another fab resource, can't wait to try it out!
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bscanlon's picture

I have just found this site

I have just found this site by accident. I can't wait to try some of these games with my class.
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nhuws's picture

I love the format of this

I love the format of this game. The blank version will be great to help a few children who struggle with '2 more than' and '3 more than'. Thanks.
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ncteacher's picture

Great idea - have used follow

Great idea - have used follow me cards in a whole class situation before but now teaching as a Numbers Count teacher so working mainly 1:1 and can see that this is so rewarding when the child can complete the circle.  Loving the idea of letting my children make up their own circle of sums! Sarah
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k_e's picture

I love new twists on old

I love new twists on old classics
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dalesbee's picture

 Fantastic resource. My

 Fantastic resource. My Reception class loved this loop game.
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deafdotty's picture

I love this site - since

I love this site - since finding it this morning I have been inspired time and time again - and I know it will have the same effect on my class.
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crana's picture

I really like the way this

I really like the way this can be used meaningfully in a 1:1 context. I teach a pupil with Down Syndrome who loves jigsaws and this just might get us over the hurdle of finding "1 more".
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hellyweg's picture

This is a great idea, the

This is a great idea, the usual loop cards I have found have been much too long and hard to differentiate for the whole class to use. I'm a teacher of a three class composite so this is great for maths group to use at their own level without having 30 cards to get through. Thanks Mathsticks! Now if only there was a downloadable mini me to teach a group while I teach the other 4 groups...?
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johdu's picture

 "mini me"... LOL. Maybe that

 "mini me"... LOL. Maybe that should be Apple's next project!
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swolf68's picture

What a wonderful idea! I am

What a wonderful idea! I am going to use the blank one to make a doubles game. I have no doubt I will use it for lots of other concepts too.
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micketh's picture

so versatile...

so versatile...
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jkmay26's picture

What a fantastic find! This

What a fantastic find! This will be a great way to get children to recognise number sentences. I love the fact that the children have an answer of their card too, which will make them consider what the questions could be.
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borntobewilde's picture

excellent - I love that it

excellent - I love that it can be used by a pair or small group
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katanla's picture

I love the customizeable

I love the customizeable board. I can use it to reinforce just about anything - language too.
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The children love loop games

The children love loop games and will love the fact that this one looks a little different - keep them interested with variety!!
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Kiwi 72's picture

My kids love loop games... I

My kids love loop games... I love the fact that this one can be played individually too. Can't wait until our Monday staff meeting, and I get to share your website with my team!! What a find!!!!
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